A unique aspect of Patoka School are the intermediate years (Years 7-8). We offer a fantastic alternative to large intermediates. Small class sizes and a dedication to two more years of learning set our students up for a seamless and well prepared transition to High School.
Developing our emerging adolescents as leaders is a key area. They receive many opportunities to develop these skills. We are committed to providing wide and varied opportunities, real leadership development and practice. We offer a range of opportunities for all students whilst not compromising teaching and learning as our main goal.
We provide a balanced curriculum ensuring:
Commitment to literacy and numeracy
Exceptional teaching and learning
Challenge and Extension
A safe environment where risk taking is encouraged
A high level of student accountability and responsibility
Students are prepared for high school transition
Diverse learning experiences matched with small class sizes
Utilising outside expertise to foster achievement
Opportunities to foster and develop leadership
Learning a second language
Our intermediate students have access to 1 to 1 devices. We use a combination of iPads, Laptops and Chromebooks to enhance the curriculum. We use a blended programme which means we use school books and digital means together in preparation for high school.
As part of the Year 7-8 Curriculum, our students bus to Tamatea Intermediate every Monday to experience Technology with another school. They learn skills in; art, sewing, hard materials (wood work), cooking and electronics.